Dear Classical Music fans,

Welcome to the Classicalexburns music blog, I hope your visit today is enjoyable. This blog was founded in August 2015 by me (Alex Burns) and I set it up to help make classical music more accessible for everybody. The blog aims to cover as much ground as possible, so whether you are a die-hard classical music fan or a novice to the genre, there will be something for you on here. Blog posts vary in length and detail and will contain information, history, context, analysis and opinions, which will hopefully light enthusiasm onto the genre.

A little information on me, I am currently in my Master’s year at The University of Sheffield, where I also studied for my BMus undergraduate degree. My MA is in Musicology, and my main research areas are Gustav Mahler and Women Composers. My research so far has been recognised within both Mahler and feminism studies and I have given talks on both of these areas of research. I work as a freelance programme note writer, classical music writer and concert speaker and if you would like to work with me then let me know. I am also a freelance trumpet player, and you can usually find me at the back of orchestras, big bands, band pits and function bands making some loud noises!

I undertake challenges every so often and the first three can be seen below. I hope you enjoy your visit, and please do not hesitate to contact me for any information, or if you have any requests for me to write about.

Here is the link to the Classicalexburns Spotify playlist which has (nearly) all of the pieces on that I have covered on this site – https://play.spotify.com/user/11101571136/playlist/2Yar9AQYE8RCe14RWHmXqo 

Classicalexburns has recently been ranked at No. 28 in Feedspot’s ‘Top Classical Music Blogs in the World’ – a real honour for me. Check out the rest of the list here: http://blog.feedspot.com/classical_music_blogs/

 

 

Happy reading!

Alex x

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FEMALE FORTNIGHT CHALLENGE 2.0! 17/01/2017-31/01/2017

Back by popular demand my Female Fortnight Challenge is back with 14 fantastic women composers! Here is the final list of women composers:

Day 1: Grace Mary Williams – Sea Sketches (1944)

Day 2: Tansy Davies – neon (2004)

Day 3: Chen Yi – Ge Xu (1994)

Day 4: Dora Pejačević – Two Sketches for Piano (1918)

Day 5: Dobrinka Tabakova – Whispered Lullaby (2004)

Day 6: Sarah Fuller Flower Adams & Eliza Flower – Nearer, my God, to Thee (c.1840)

Day 7: Pauline Oliveros – A Love Song (1994)

Day 8: Francesca Caccini – Lasciatemi Qui Solo (1618)

Day 9: Ursula Mamlok – Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra (1976)

Day 10: Dana Suesse – Concerto in Three Rhythms (1932)

Day 11: Jennifer Higdon – Percussion Concerto (2005)

Day 12: Teresa Carreño – La Fausse Note (1872)

Day 13: Julia Gomelskaya – Memento Vitae (1996)

Day 14: Kaija Saariaho – Laterna Magica (2009)

 

FEMALE FORTNIGHT CHALLENGE! 1/09/2016-14/09/2016

To celebrate the life and musical works of female composers I have completed my challenge ‘Female Fortnight’. 14 blogs, written daily based on a wide-range of female composers. Here is the final list of composers and works:

Day 1: Joan Tower – Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No.1 (1989)

Day 2: Amy Beach – Piano Concerto in C# minor (1899)

Day 3: Wendy Mae Chambers – Mass for Mass Trombones (1993)

Day 4: Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre – Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Continuo (c.1707)

Day 5: Keiko Abe – The Wave Impressions Concerto for Marimba (2002)

Day 6: Elizabeth Maconchy – Nocturne for Orchestra (1950)

Day 7: Clara Schumann – Three Romances for Violin and Piano (1853)

Day 8: Alexandra Pakhmutova – Trumpet Concerto (1955)

Day 9: Alma Mahler – Five Songs for Voice and Piano (1911)

Day 10: Lera Auerbach – Icarus (2006)

Day 11: Cécile Chaminade – Concertino for Flute and Piano in D major (1902)

Day 12: Cindy McTee – Adagio for String Orchestra (2002)

Day 13: Joan Trimble – The Green Bough (1941)

Day 14: Dorothy Ker – A Gentle Infinity (2009)

 

AUGUST ALPHABET CHALLENGE!

To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of classicalexburns, I have taken on an August Alphabet challenge! 26 blogs, written daily based on each letter of the alphabet (in order and based on composers). Here is the final list:

A – Arutunian Trumpet Concerto (1950)

B – Beethoven Egmont Overture (1810)

C – Copland Letter from Home (1944)

D – Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1897)

E – Elfman Edward Scissorhands: The Grand Finale (1990)

F – Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain (1916)

G – Grofé Mississippi Suite (1925)

H – Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Overture (1892)

I – Ives The Unanswered Question (1906&1936)

J – Jacob An Original Suite (1928)

K – Kabalevsky The Comedians’ (1938)

L – Liszt Liebestraum No.3 (1850)

M – Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (1874)

N – Nielsen Symphony 2: The Four Temperaments (1902)

O – O’Regan Latent Manifest (2010)

P – Poulenc Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings (1938)

Q – Quilter Children’s Overture (1914)

R – Respighi Pines of Rome (1924)

S – Silver Nocturne (2015)

T – Tartini Devil’s Trill Violin Sonata (1713)

U – Ungar Ashokan Farewell (1982)

V – Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending (1914)

W – Weir Stars, Night, Music and Light (2011)

X – Xenakis Jonchaies (1977)

Y – Yoshimatsu White Landscapes (1991)

Z – Zimmer The Battle from Gladiator (2000)

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